Course Summary & Description:
This course provides offshore disposal alternatives to reduce platform abandonment costs and options to preserve the environment by converting platform to reefs.
The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) produces 98% of the gas and 91% of the oil in the United States. However, more importantly for our environmental future, the GOM platforms provide the largest artificial reef complex in the world. Through partial platform removals and the elimination of explosives in Rigs to Reefs (RTF) conversion process, oil and gas companies can conserve reefs with higher profiles and less traumatic platform-associated reef organisms.
The revised policy from the Minerals Management Services (MMS) has encouraged efforts between coastal states and oil and gas companies in the development of better offshore RTR. Over the last few years, oil and gas companies have donated over 150 platforms for construction of reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.